Quinn’s to auction fine & decorative art from gracious homes, Sept. 26


Paul Albert Besnard (French, 1849-1934), “Sous Les Saules (Under the Willows),” 1909, oil-on-canvas, 47 x 36in (sight). Gallery label on verso. Provenance: Exhibited in 1922 at Museum of Art at the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh; previous sale May 15, 1980 at Christie’s NYC. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000

 FALLS CHURCH, Va. – On Saturday, September 26, Quinn’s Auction Galleries will conduct a Fine & Decorative Arts Auction featuring Asian, American, European and Modern selections from estates and elegant homes in the northern Virginia region. Bidders may participate absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Paintings include works by Besnard, Monnoyer, De Szyszlo, and influential Harlem Spiral Group founding member Merton Simpson

An excellent and quite varied offering of fine art was reserved for this sale, including a Paul Albert Besnard (French, 1849-1934) oil-on-canvas (shown above) titled Sous Les Saules (Under the Willows). Signed and dated “1909,” the artwork depicts two women beneath a willow tree, one of them semi-clad in what appears to be a gauzy sarong. The 47 by 36-inch (sight) painting was part of an important 1922 exhibition at the Museum of Art at the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, and its provenance includes prior sale at Christie’s New York in 1980. Auction estimate: $5,000-$7,000


Attrib. Antoine Monnoyer (French, 1670-1747), oil-on-canvas floral still life, late-17th/ early 18th century. Unsigned. 37½ x 28½ in (sight). Estimate: $3,000-$5,000

A large (37½- by 28½-inch, sight) oil-on-canvas floral still life attributed to Antoine Monnoyer (French, 1670-1747) dates to the late-17th or early 18th century. The flower arrangement includes redolent blooms in pleasing shades of red, orange, purple and white. A partial paper gallery label is retained on verso. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000


Merton D. Simpson (American, 1928-2013), ‘Confrontation F Poem 6,’ 1967, oil-on-paper applied to board, 19 x 25in (sight). Signed and dated at LR. Provenance: From the inventory and collection of the Estate of Merton D. Simpson. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000

The sale includes 11 paintings by the influential Harlem Spiral Group co-founder Merton D. Simpson (American, 1928-2013), including a moody oil-on-paper that measures 19 by 25 inches (sight). It is titled Confrontation F Poem 6 and is artist-signed and dated “1967” at lower right. The abstract expressionist artwork comes directly from the inventory and collection of the Estate of Merton D. Simpson. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000


Si Chen Yuan (Chinese/ American, 1911-1974), untitled mid-20th-century oil-on-canvas depicting abstracted couple, 30 inches square (sight). Signed LR. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000

Si Chen Yuan’s (Chinese/American, 1911-1974) untitled mid-20th-century oil-on-canvas is an abstract depiction of a couple nestled closely together. It is artist-signed and measures 30 inches square (sight). The auction estimate is $3,000-$5,000.


Large Chinese jade carving of flower arrangement in a flattened double-handle vase decorated with taotie masks. Approximately 10½in. Accompanied by wooden base. Provenance: Collection of Anna Chennault. Estimate: $600-$900

No fewer than 10 lots consist of jade art, including pendants, carvings, a brush pot, repousse box, and vase. A beautiful 10½-inch Chinese carving depicts a floral arrangement in dark and light green jade and is decorated with taotie masks. It comes with an included open-work wooden base. Formerly in the collection of Anna Chan Chennault (1925-2018), widow of the legendary WWII American aviator Lt. General Claire Chennault, it is affordably estimated at $600-$900.


Pair of 19th-century armchairs, Egyptian Revival style, attributed to Pottier & Stymus, tufted upholstered backs flanked by carved stiles; cast bronze busts at the end of each arm. Estimate: $1,500-$2,500

A pair of 19th-century armchairs in the Egyptian Revival style is attributed to the prominent Victorian furnituremaker Pottier & Stymus. The chairs’ tufted upholstered backs are flanked by carved stiles, and an attractive cast-bronze bust adorns the end of each arm. The turned trumpet legs are designed with rolling self-casters. The pair is entered in the auction with a $1,500-$2,500 estimate.


Georg Jensen 7¾in hand-hammered sterling silver footed bowl, designed 1916/produced 1945-1977, design No. 197A. Pierced base of alternating leaves with grape clusters and leaves with stems. Stamped on bottom ‘Denmark Sterling’ with circular Georg Jensen mark. 22.97 ozt. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000

Showcasing many appealing aspects of Georg Jensen’s trademark Danish Modern style, a hand-hammered sterling silver footed bowl was originally designed in 1916 and produced sometime between 1945 and 1977. Known as the No. 197A design, the bowl has a total weight of 22.97oz, is stamped “Denmark Sterling” under the base with a circular Georg Jensen mark. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000.


George II Rococo sterling sauceboat by Charles Federick Kandler. London, 1743. Approximately 27.27ozt. Griffon-shape handle, side panels with repousse chinoiserie scenes. Marked on bottom with English hallmarks and partial strike of Kandler’s Post-1739 JK mark. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000

A second silver highlight is a stunning 1743 George II Rococo sterling sauceboat by Charles Federick Kandler, London. Its design details include a griffon-shape handle surmounted on a shell-form body rising on a pedestal base decorated with repousse flowers. The vessel itself is decorated with repousse laurel swags of flowers and chased foliate and shell designs, and panels on each side display chinoiserie scenes of a house and tree, and a gatehouse astride a moon bridge. With English hallmarks and partial strike of Charles Kandler’s Post-1739 JK mark, the 27.27ozt sauceboat is expected to reach $2,000-$4,000 at auction.


Set of 12 Royal Crown Derby (England) for Tiffany & Co., dinner plates, 1916. ‘Old Imari’ pattern 1128. Marked on back under the glaze. Each plate 10 3/8in diameter. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500

A set of 12 Royal Crown Derby for Tiffany & Co dinner plates in the “Old Imari” No. 1128 pattern, was produced in England in 1916. Each vibrantly colored plate measures 19 3/8 inches and is stamped in red on verso “Royal Crown Derby England, Tiffany & Co New York.” The set is estimated at $1,000-$1,500.


Black-bellied plover decoy, unknown maker, mid 19th century, 9½in long. Desirable primitive look with unusual head-form and iron-nail bill. Original paint with minor in-use loss. Stamped ‘W.J. Mackey Collection.’ Estimate: $2,000-$3,000

Primitively crafted and undeniably charming, a mid-19th-century black-bellied plover decoy retains original paint and has an unusual head-form and iron-nail bill. Stamped “W.J. Mackey Collection,” the 9½-inch-long seabird is ready to fly to a new home for an estimated $2,000-$3,000 bid.

Quinn’s Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 auction will start at 11 a.m. ET, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. For additional information about any item in the auction, call Charlotte Taylor at Quinn’s, 703-532-5632 ext. 526, or email charlotte.taylor@quinnsauction.com. Visit Quinn’s online at www.quinnsauction.com.